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Crafts and fun in Nairn to help autism group

By Federica Stefani

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A day of crafts and fun will run in Nairn this weekend to raise vital funds for a local group supporting neurodivergent children.

National Autistic Society. volunteers Sarah Coulson and her daughter Susannah run free, monthly drop-in sessions providing a safe space for young people to be themselves, increase their confidence and develop friendships, with families from Inverness, Grantown-on-Spey and Moray attending.

To raise funds to cover the ongoing costs of hiring a venue and providing various activities, the group is organising a craft fair at Nairn Community Centre on Saturday.

Ms Coulson said: “We've received some terrific support from businesses and individuals during World Autism Acceptance Week at the start of April.

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“We used that week to request raffle donations for our event and do lots of advertising of our group and the upcoming event.

“We're delighted to have vouchers for some wonderful family days out, from Landmark, Inverness Virtual Reality Experiences, Laser-Go and Farm Ness. Both VR companies are owned by autistic gentlemen who have been keen to support us.

“In addition to our 30 stalls, Laser-Go are giving us the use of an interactive floor which is sure to be a great hit with the children and, I suspect, many adults will be quite taken with it too. Our stalls include a great variety of crafts; knitting, woodwork, metalwork, candles, encaustic art, sea-glass, painting parties, Powertex, jewellery, pyrography, cross-stitch, card making, baking and more.“

The event will also be an opportunity to raise awareness about the service and the support available for local families and visitors.

The craft fair will be running on April 27 from 10am to 112.30pm. For more information visit the NAS Nairn Children's Group Facebook page or autism.org.uk.

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